It was foreseeable that Luma had not that much time left and when I think about her diseases and our visit's to the vet Im once again impressed - Luma, you were strong and brave!
During the last two months I went all to frequently to the vet with Luma. First she got an abscess, then she had heavy breathing difficulties and metastases had been diagnosed. Addiotionally, she got heart problems but we could treat this for a while with medicine. A while thereafter, I spotted that she got a sort of lump. Because Luma's state of health wasn't that great anymore and the lump wasn't located between the skin layers but seemed to be next to her uterus, we dispense of another surgery. With the time, Luma began to limp with one of her hind paws, but everything was still "okay", she still enjoyed life and was as cute as ever. <3
Almost a week ago then, one of Luma's hind paws was swollen - lymphedema! I got some pain killer and was told to massage the paw. Actually it worked! I was delighted, but Luma felt from day to day more worse. During the last days I even washed her because she had problems doing it by herself. She also denied her medicine.
Yesterday then the time had come. Luma didn't want to eat anymore and seemed to be mostly a bit distant. She seemed to lose pus also. I love her so much - from inside, I knew that I should deliver her from pain but actually no one wants to lose someone/something she/he loves. I asked my mum to have a look at Luma and she confirmed of what I was afraid of: Luma putting down to sleep. Don called the vet and we luckily could go straight to the treatments room. Within 2 or 3 minutes Luma passed away. But in contrast to Carli, she fought. She didn't wanted to sleep at first but then she looked calmly.
Eventhough it was foreseeable, it hurts so much. Actually, I don't want to feel more love for a rat than for an other rat, but Luma was my darling, my favourite. I never had a rat like Luma before, she enjoyed my love care, she was so funny, crazy and twirly - simply irrereplaceable.
LUMA - thank you for everything!
|Luma at her 2nd birthday <3|
|Luma sleep on my arm at the very first evening at my place - she was very special from day one|
|Luma loved to gnaw!|
|yam yam yam|
|Snapshot: Atishoo! - Luma just sneezed!|
|Luma was probably the twirliest rat of my gang but on the other hand she was a real sleepyhead|
|YAAAAWN "I'm sooooo sleepy!"|
|Luma needed to ewar this special dress so that she couldn't gnaw at her wound anymore. "sadly" she wore that "dress" only for a few minutes back in her cage, I dont exactly know how she put if off still..|
|Old ill Luma sleeping in my arms. Photo was taken ~24 hours before I decided to let her go. Didn't thought that I had to let her go only the next day..|
*10.08.2012 - †21.11.2014
Rest in peace!